Congregation Beth Israel’s Youth Engagement Program provides a welcoming, comprehensive Jewish education for students in Pre-K through high school.

YEP is a nurturing and creative environment inspired by the ritual, spiritual life, and Jewish values of Reform Judaism.

Every family receives a spiritually rich, relevant, and engaging experience, fostering positive Jewish identity formation. We incorporate both traditional and non-traditional learning and teaching styles to best meet the needs of our individual students and families on their Jewish journeys.

Our mission is to serve the lifelong spiritual and educational needs of our congregants within a welcoming and caring contemporary Reform Jewish community. YEP builds strong Jewish community, families, and individual identities through engagement with Torah, God, and Israel.

Implement curricula that support our vision.


1. Create an awareness of Jewish history, holidays, festivals, and lifecycle events.

2. Create familiarity with Torah and Mishkan T’Filah (the Reform Judaism prayer book), Hebrew, and Jewish music in order to provide students with familiarity and comfort in any Reform synagogue.

3. Encourage thoughtful spiritual awareness in an open and safe environment.

4. Create understanding of the concepts of Covenant, mitzvot, tzedakah, and tikkun olam in our community.

5. Develop a spirit of K'lal Yisrael (Peoplehood) and strengthen the connection to Israel, its history and its people.

6. Provide necessary tools for Jewish living to complement in-home Jewish learning.

7. Maintain our commitment to the professional development of our staff to be current with educational teaching techniques, tools and technologies.

Our Youth Engagement Program is designed to build community while meeting the needs of our families.

Sessions are held on Sundays from 9:00 to 11:30am for grades Pre-K through 6th grade, and 10:00 to 11:30am for grades 7 through 9. Grades 3 through 6 attend additional classes on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00pm. Depending on enrollment and interest, we also offer satellite Hebrew language programs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Click here for the YEP Calendar.

Click here for the YEP Handbook.

Click here for our Privacy Policy.


Al Shlosha D'varim

Torah Blessing (Before Reading)

Torah Blessing (After Reading)

Sh'ma and V'ahavta

Mi Chamochah

K'dusha (Saturday Morning)



Haftarah Blessing (Before Reading)

Avot V'imahot


Chatzi Kaddish

Chanukah Blessings

Birkat Hamazon

To request more information about YEP, please contact our Director of Lifelong Learning, Rabbi Howard Rosenbaum, at 860-233-8215 x2330 or

Program Highlights

Starting at ages 3-4, we begin to plant the seeds of a joyful Jewish life. Students learn about Jewish holidays through songs, games, and crafts. We teach through stories, art projects, music, dance, and fun, building a community of young children and families.

Students study the Hebrew alphabet, quickly learning to decode basic Hebrew vocabulary. As they progress, they practice fluency in reading, translating basic prayer vocabulary, and using Modern Hebrew vocabulary. Each level reinforces our students’ prayer literacy, building comfort at Shabbat and holiday services.

Our experiential Judaic studies courses include themes such as Jewish values, Israel, Jewish history, Torah, and Jewish arts and music. These classes engage students in Jewish life.

Our unique 7th grade program focuses on social engagement and action-based learning. Classes are often held offsite in the community.

Our 10th grade program gives students an opportunity to engage with our clergy relevant Jewish issues and questions. A highlight of Confirmation is participation in the L’Taken Seminar at the Religious Action Center, the legislative advocacy arm of the Union for Reform Judaism in Washington, DC. Students learn about Jewish perspectives on contemporary U.S. policy issues and meet with Connecticut congressional representatives to advocate a position. At the end of the year, the Confirmation class leads a service including individual speeches about their personal connections to Judaism.

Beginning in the 2018-2019, we are partnering with JTConnect, Greater Hartford's premier Jewish teen education organization to offer programming for 8th-12th grades on Sunday mornings. Teens explore Jewish topics of interest to them and take part in social justice learning projects.

Register here for JTConnect at CBI.

Download (PDF, 347KB)

Regular Family Education programs provide a venue for children and parents to learn together with our clergy. These programs may incorporate music, art, drama, and text.